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On September 4, 1981, a young girl was born in Huston, Texas. From a young age, she moved crowds with her incredible vocal and dancing talents, winning many competitions from very early on. In 1990, at the age of just nine years old, she began forming a group act based on her and a friend’s singing and rapping skills. Just eight years later, that evolved group dropped their first album “Destiny’s Child,” and that young girl from Huston rose to fame. And since that day, Beyoncé has only gained more and more success.
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In 2015, it is practically impossible to have not at one point jammed out to “Irreplaceable” or busted out dancing to “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” And I am sure you have constantly seen Beyoncé posters being sold in every poster rack across the country. Frankly, Beyoncé is a superstar. Everyone know of her name. Everyone knows of her fame. But what not many people know is that she is also an Interdisciplinary success.
In addition to an Angel-like singing voice and practically Flawless dance moves, Beyoncé has also spent the entirety of her life caring about people. Although she had already helped many charities, one of her first widely recognizable projects was the “Let’s Move!” Flash Workout Video. In 2011, Beyoncé joined forces with First Lady Michelle Obama and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to help her campaign in the fight against child obesity. Beyoncé reworked the song “Get Me Bodied” and renamed it “Move Your Body” for the Let’s Move! Flash Workout initiative. This effort helped fight childhood obesity all across the country and made a difference in other people’s lives.
In 2013, Beyoncé teamed up with TV actor Salma Hayek and co-founded Chimes for Change, an organization focusing on “using innovative approaches to raise funds and awareness for projects promoting Health and Justice for girls and women.” The group has a large number of celebrity and large company sponsors and support, and continues to raise money and make a difference in the world today.
And within that same year, Beyoncé dropped her self-titled visual album. This album included 14 songs, which touched on many social issues of today such as feminism, empowerment, self-reflection, and much more. It seems as though in every project Beyoncé takes on has a positive outcome that effects the lives of many people across the world.
Celebrities using some of their fortune to aid charities is hardly unheard of, so what makes Beyoncé so special? What makes Beyoncé an interdisciplinary success? When discussing the performing arts, Allen F. Repko states, “Music is a language for expressing feelings and emotions. The fine and performing arts (art, dance, music, creative writing, theater, and voice) engage the complexity of real-world problems by providing insights that express, interpret, exemplify or respond effectively to such problems.” And that is exactly what Beyoncé does. She combines her immense talents of singing and dance with her experience and drive for social justice. Again and again, Beyoncé has make an actual difference in the lives of others by intersecting Dance, Music, Social Justice, and charity.
Beyoncé is an interdisciplinary success story, as well as my personal idol. As I study the social benefits of the performing arts, I see the parallels in our work and it fuels me more, reminding me that it is possible to make a difference through the performing arts. Beyoncé is living, breathing proof that interdisciplinary studies, and my interdisciplinary studies, are truly beneficial to the world around us.
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